What can an iPhone with a GPS do?

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  1. Reggie

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    This is repeat post (reply) that I made in one of the threads. I wanted to create a new thread so we can all talk about it more...

    Most of the time, when you hear 'GPS,' it's all about driving directions, geocaching, etc. -- the iPhone might change all that. If you saw the GPS enabled social-networking app, Loopt on the keynote video, I predict that it barely scratches the surface on what new generation GPS-enabled apps can do. The iPhone will be in 70 countries and it will be a battle of the best and most creative apps. I want to see GPS-enabled messaging, tours, training, group games, etc apps. I can't wait!

    Feel free to post some ideas that you have. I'll start with some:

    1. How about an app that lets you post private or public virtual messages in 3D space. You need the iPhone to post, and you can only see posted notes when you are in the vicinity.

    2. How about an app that lets you do a virtual tour of a city. With an iPhone, all you have to do is follow the instructions / voice prompts on where to go, and what to take.

    3. How about a tracking app. Maybe you have a delivery business or maybe just want to check how many kilometers your friends are from a certain meeting place.

    4. How about an app that lets you check on the best promos on a 5 km radius? or maybe check what's the lunch or dinner menu like in a place you've been for the first time.

    5. How about a Tron like game. All you need is a football field and some friends with iPhones -- run and don't cross paths. A variation can be like the snake game -- first one to arrive at a certain location gets the point.

    Let's hear yours.
     
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    i want the ability to turn off assisted GPS
     
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    i want a detailed philippine map on google maps first. :)
     
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    I don't think we will be able to have a detailed philippine map soon. Maybe for major cities in the metro for now.
     
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    there are already decent provincial maps (up to secondary roads) out there for the non-assisted GPS.

    PhilMUG thread
     
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  6. Reggie

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    You might have the A-GPS confused with something else Boo. Assisted-GPS lets you lock to satellites faster based on which cell site you are connecting to. Based on the day, time, and cell site location it feeds those info back to a server and returns all the satellites it should look for. The GPS won't need to poll for each satellite that's in view then since it already knows which ones are in view, thus a faster lock.
     
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    that is IF you have the maps on those servers.


    from http://www.3g4g.co.uk/Faq/agps.html
     
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    A-GPS uses an additional reference - cell sites as basis for triangulation. and since cell sites are fixed geographic references.

    As for what iPhone GPS can do? well, assuming there is a Philippine map for it like in the other thread I made, you can mount your iphone in your car, select a destination, and let it guide you thru traffic. That's what im doing now on my Garmin.

    Let's see, I'll try to ask the guys at waypoints.ph if they can come up with a commercial version of the phil map for iPhone ready when it launches.
     
  9. Reggie

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    Oh, I would think that Globe should be the one who needs to provide the location of each of their cell site/node. I wouldn't be surprised if they themselves will run the assistance server in the Philippines.

    As for maps, it all depends if the app needs to display maps. Computing distances, proximity, and plotting your location might be enough for some apps.
     
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    well, we better hope so. so far, they haven't been getting it done for the nokia n95. the smart/globe wireless centers informed me before that the nokia Maps application is only good for M'Mla.
     
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    what mapping system is the iphone mostly related to?
    garmin? (if this is so -- no more problem -- full phil road map is available)
    tom tom? saw in the web that its kinda like tom-tom, so its just a matter of time before the garmin map programmers can re-program it into Tomtom.
    magellan - who still uses this today?
     
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    yeah, tom-tom announced that they will write apps for the iPhone. if this app will allow maps to become user-installable, then maybe this will finally take GPS mainstream locally.

    it will however take a huge bite out of sales of tom-tom GPS devices and i'd be surprised if they let this happen.
     
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    main purpose of why the GPS is there: for Apple to track illegitimate iPhones across the globe. :D
     
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    coming from you, i'll take this very seriously and make sure mine isnt illegitimate. I know where you work :) :)
     
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    i think we already have the answer to this:

    from iLounge

    it's getting more likely that we'll be stuck with whatever location-based service that the local telco will provide (most likely) via 3G. it better be 3G, or else we'll be charged for navigation at the same per-minute rate as a regular phone call (ouch!).
     
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    Hopefully this will be ported into the iPhone soon, a way to be warned of traffic buildup, with input from iPhone users in the area. Very accurate and effective as stated in the article.
     
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    I've seen some screenshots posted somewhere in the forums (or in applei.ph) wherein a user is using the Iphone's GPS while driving around Pasig area. It's pretty neat considering google satellite map is somehow superimposed on the app and letting him see where exactly he is at that moment.

    As for a detailed map i.e. with street signs, i hope software developers and Apple fix their problems so the app can be released.
     
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    I Would like to see an app that pulls data from cell towers and GPS that can make a loopt like social messaging service. You can see iPhone 3G or other GPS users w/in the vicinity -- MOVING! if you want, you can move to their direction and bump into them (bad idea if the one bumping you is a robber) It's great if you can register friends and family for easy meetups.
     
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